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Anthem Microgrant to Support Rural Provider Workforce Enhancement Guidelines

The purpose of this microgrant is to provide support for the College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP) to expand access to primary care, behavioral health, and women’s and infant health services in underserved, rural areas of Southeastern Ohio, specifically, the 32 counties designated as Appalachian.

This grant will be used for defraying the costs of transportation (to and from the site), housing, and other living expenses (at the site), for CHSP students enrolled in on-campus programs who travel to practice sites (see specified list of counties below) in rural communities.

Students must apply before the internship/service-learning experience.

Funds are limited to up to $1000 per student.

Attach this summary/budget document when submitting your receipts. Also, complete the preceptor endorsement when submitting your proposal.

All awarded funds will require original/official receipts and must be submitted to Michelle Davidson in the Dean's Office before funds are released and no more than 2 weeks following the completion of the activity.

Grant is restricted to funding experiences in primary care, behavioral health, and women's and infants' health services.

At the end of this application, you will be instructed on how to download a pdf of your completed application.

Counties Designated as Appalachian

West Region Central Region Eastern Region Northeastern Region
Adams County Athens County Belmont County Ashtabula County
Brown County Hocking County Coshocton County Carroll County
Clermont County Meigs County Guernsey County Columbiana County
Galia County Morgan County Harrison County Jefferson County
Highland County Monroe County Holmes County Mahoning County
Jackson County Noble County Muskingum County Trumbull County
Lawrence County Perry County   Tuscarawas County
Pike County Washington County    
Ross County      
Scioto County      
Vinton County      

Number of grants

Only one microgrant of up to $1000 per student per 12-month period will be awarded on a need basis, as long as funds are available.

Funding Criteria

In addition to submitting a completed application form, the applicant must prepare a brief (maximum 2-page) summary of the request to include the following:

  • Ohio University academic program.
  • Practice site(s) including the name of the county (see list of approved counties).
  • Whether the activity is a required internship or a volunteer opportunity.
  • Description and projected outcomes of the activities to be undertaken in one of the designated counties.
  • A budget of expenses and a justification/rationale for how the funds will be used.
  • Supporting documentation from and contact information of the supervising preceptor at your chosen organization in the designated counties e.g. signed letter indicating that the preceptor will supervise discussed activities, dates of participation including the length of time you will be at the organization on any given day.
  • Name of a faculty advisor.


  • A College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP) faculty must verify and endorse your request. An email will automatically be sent to your advisor after you submit an application through this portal.
  • Submit a report after the activity and present receipts.

Allowable Expenses

Transportation is allowable (this is paid at 65.5 cents per mile in 2023, which accounts for fuel and wear and tear). Budget for your exact mileage. Expenses can also cover some food costs (such as meals while you are at your clinical site) and lodging. Lodging in the county where you will be working can be funded when you are required to stay overnight.  An explanation for why you need to stay overnight must be provided. This is not designed to cover school expenses or living expenses that you would normally incur. You are required to supply receipts for expenses other than gas (as discussed above). If there are specific expenses tied to the location you are working in, please let us know.

Non-allowable Expenses

  • Include, but not limited to, such things as clothing, alcohol, and entertainment.

If you are a graduating senior, you need to have your expenses and receipts submitted by April 30th, 2024.  If receipts are not received by this day, expenses will not be reimbursed.

Application deadline date

Rolling (as long as funding is available)


You will be notified by email within 2 weeks of your faculty advisor's verification and endorsement if you are (or are not) funded.


Original/official receipts must be submitted to Michelle Davidson in the Dean's Office within 2 weeks of the conclusion of the activity.

For additional information -or- questions, please contact: Dr. Caroline Kingori -and/or- Michelle Davidson